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New Eurostat report analysing progress of the EU towards its Europe 2020 targets

On 17 July 2018, Euro­stat pub­lished its most re­cent flag­ship pub­lic­a­tion “Smarter, greener, more in­clus­ive? – In­dic­at­ors to Sup­port the Europe 2020 strategy”. The re­port mon­it­ors the EU’s pro­gress to­wards the Europe 2020 tar­gets in the areas of em­ploy­ment, R&D and in­nov­a­tion, cli­mate change and en­ergy, edu­ca­tion, and poverty and so­cial ex­clu­sion.

Markus Hamet­ner, Mariia Kostetckaia and Ren­ate Ruech from the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity co­ordin­ated the over­all pre­par­a­tion of the re­port and were in par­tic­u­lar re­spons­ible for draft­ing the ana­lyses for the strategy tar­gets on em­ploy­ment and R&D and in­nov­a­tion. The over­all find­ings of the re­port show that the EU is on track to­wards the tar­gets on em­ploy­ment (75% of the EU pop­u­la­tion to be em­ployed by 2020), cli­mate change and en­ergy (20% re­duc­tion in GHG emis­sions, 20% share of re­new­able en­er­gies, and 20% im­prove­ment in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency) and edu­ca­tion (re­duc­tion of school drop out rates to 10%, and 40% of young EU adults hav­ing ter­tiary edu­ca­tion). In con­trast, the tar­gets on R&D and in­nov­a­tion (3% of GDP spent on R&D) and poverty re­duc­tion (20 mil­lion people lif­ted out of poverty by 2020) seem out of reach.

The re­port is avail­able for down­load from the Euro­stat web­site:­stat/web/product­s-s­tat­ist­ic­al-­books/-/KS-02-18-728

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